And the setting that played backdrop as the boys sang their hearts out for their mentor and fellow former Spice Girl Emma Bunton – enlisted by the X Factor judge to help her choose her final three hopefuls – is the impressive four-star Grand Xcaret Resort in Mexico.
Situated in the heart of the Riviera Maya, adjacent to the eco-archaeological Xcaret Park and just minutes from Cancun and Playa del Carmen, the Grand Xcaret provided the perfect beach setting for the X Factor team as the boys gave it their all in their auditions.When Mel B and Emma weren't listening to lyrics, and the boys – Andrea Faustini, Jake Quickenden, Jordan Morris, Paul Akister, Danny Dearden and Jack Walton – took a break from rehearsals, the lovely resort, offering the tranquility of Mexico and the crystal clear Caribbean Sea, was the perfect place for a breath of fresh air.
Mel B and Emma made sure they visited the eco-archaeological Xcaret Park and the historic Mayan ruins in the grounds, and no doubt the duo enjoyed some downtime poolside at one of the resort's five swimming pools – or perhaps at the resort's swish swim-up bar.The talent show's VIP's, including presenter Dermot O'Leary and Xtra Factor host Sarah-Jane Crawford, mixed work and play as they stayed in Master Suites in the resort's Royal Club – a unique boutique-style resort within the resort that provides extra special services including beach butler service, a private pool and restaurant.
The group of six boys, meanwhile, had an array of restaurants at their fingertips – ten to be precise – offering everything from gourmet Mexican and tacos to a pizzeria and steakhouse. They may well have opted for the Beach Club for snacks and light meals, and, after sunset, maybe even one of the resort's fourteen bars for a taste of the nightlife.
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